In coordination with the Fisher College of Business' (FCOB) Office of Global Business, the Office of International Affairs offers several undergraduate business exchanges for FCOB students wishing to study abroad independently. These programs are based upon agreements between The Ohio State University and various institutions abroad. Local language proficiency is recommended but not required. Please visit the Office of Global Business' Student Exchange Program Website, Hong Kong University of Science and Technology Information Website, or the FCOB Student Exchange Blog for more information.
The exchange program require a higher level of independence and the ability to navigate a foreign educational system without assistance. The level of services provided varies widely between institutions, but interested students should be prepared for:
- Minimal or no U.S.-based staff representing the host institution
- Basic pre-departure orientation materials
- International student orientation upon arrival
- Self-coordination for all exchange arrangements
Hong Kong is a bustling city that is home to nearly 7 million people and ranked among the top in the "Ease of Doing Business" ranking by the World Bank Group. While Cantonese is the native language, as a former British colony many of the inhabitants speak English. Central is the main financial district in Hong Kong, while Causeway Bay, Tsim Sha Tsui and Mongkok are the main shopping areas. GovHK writes "With a central location in east Asia and with a rapidly growing Mainland China as its hinterland, the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region is an international business, trade and financial hub. Building on its traditional free market economic policy, Hong Kong has developed into a modern, vibrant and cosmopolitan services economy, underpinning the role of the city as a global business platform."
Each host institution will provide a housing option for incoming exchange students, either in university sponsored housing or private accommodations. In a few instances, exchange students assist each other in locating off-campus accommodations.
Partner Term Dates
- Autumn Semester: Sept-Dec
- Spring Semester: Jan-May
Ohio State Program Contact
Please note that you may NOT contact or apply to the host institution until you have been accepted to the Student Exchange Program through the Fisher College of Business. Information on this page is subject to change.
Courses and Credit
Exchange students are required to be enrolled as full-time students. Courses completed at any partner institution transfer to Ohio State as graded credits, after appropriate evaluations are made by department approvers at Ohio State. Students will select courses from the host institution's business unit's offerings prior to departure or upon arrival. Course descriptions can be found at the institutions' websites. It is strongly encouraged to have academic back up plans as you plan to go abroad on exchange to be prepared for changes in course offerings at the host institution.
Admitted participants are required to successfully complete the BUSADM 3760 exchange orientation class. You also must be registered in the temporary study abroad placeholder course, BUSADM 5797 on the term you are abroad. You will be enrolled by the Office of Global Business for both courses. Specific registration instructions will be provided in the letter of acceptance.
- HKUST's Online Course List: For a list of courses offered by the host institution, visit this link provided by the partner.
- HKUST's Past Course Equivalency List: This is a list of courses that have been taken by former exchange students and shows what credit those classes have come back as to Ohio State. This is shared as a reference, as it is NOT guaranteed that these courses will be offered on the term you go abroad, nor that these courses are equivalent to Ohio State's currently offered courses. You are limited to this list of courses for direct equivalencies of business courses. You are free to take any offered course at our partner institution outside of this list, but courses not on this list will come back as a free elective course (BUSADM 5797: Study at a Foreign Institution).
Applications must be received by the Office of Global Business by December 20, 2018 for programs departing the following academic year. Applications must be submit online on the Office of International Affairs Study Abroad Application. Applications will be placed on a first come first serve basis. Learn more about the application process on Office of Global Business' Student Exchange Program Website.
Please note that upon application, a $150 application fee will be assessed to the student's Statement of Fees and Accounts. If a student withdraws any time eleven days after submitting the OIA Study Abroad Application, s/he will be liable for a $200 cancellation fee to the Office of International Affairs.
Finally, the student will need to fill out additional documents for the host institution, where the final acceptance decision is made.
The eligibility requirements are listed below:
Other important information:
- Be a fully admitted FCOB business student
- Have and maintain a cumulative GPA of 3.0 and above
- Have completed at least a year at Fisher College
- Have complete pre-requisites of Economics 2001.1 & 2002.1, Statistics 1430, and Accounting 2200 & 2300 prior to departure
- Meet with their academic advisor in the Fisher Undergraduate Programs and Advising Office to complete the Course Planning Worksheet
- Must meet OIA's General Eligibility Requirements and Conditions for Participation.
- All students will be required to participate and successfully complete the on-campus one credit BUSADM 3760 pre-departure orientations class organized by the Office of Global Business, to be able to go abroad on the exchange program. This course must be completed before departure on the Student Exchange Program.
- Student cannot apply to go on exchange during his/her graduating semester.
- By selecting spring exchange, you agree to commit to the partner universities' full spring semester term.
- The program does not allow students to go to their citizenship country as an exchange student (i.e. Chinese citizens to China)
Passports are required for every Ohio State education abroad program. For many study abroad destinations, passport information is required to apply for an entry visa early as 6 months prior to departure). For information about apply for a passport, go to travel.state.gov.
International exchange programs are tuition exchanges, which means that an Ohio State student pays his/her full tuition and fees and trades places with a student at one of our partner institutions, who has in turn paid his/her full tuition and fees. Students selected to participate on an exchange program are also responsible for international supplemental insurance, international airfare, visa related expense, room and board, and all other living or personal expenses. Please be advised that payments for room and board will be in the local currency.
Students attending HKUST on exchange are required to enroll in HKUST's mandatory insurance (approximately $130, but subject to change) in addition to OSU's international supplemental insurance.
Student should begin researching funding opportunities before they have been accepted into a study abroad program. Grants and Scholarship deadlines may occur before the study abroad program application deadline.
If a students withdraw or become ineligible any time 11 days after the acceptance notification, they will be held responsible for a cancellation fee. Please refer to OIA's Cancellation Policy.
- In-person information sessions with past participant guest speakers: Details and RSVP at FisherU at go.osu.edu/OGB_Events
- 10/23/2018, 12-1 pm, Mason Hall 239
- 10/25/2018, 4-5 pm, Mason Hall 239
- 11/6/2018, 5-6 pm, Mason Hall 239
- 11/9/2018, 12-1 pm, Mason Hall 239
- Online interactive information session between 10/3/2018-11/15/2018: Login at go.osu.edu/FCOBExchangeOnlineInfo
- Every Wed, 12-1 pm
- Every Thu, 1-2 pm
U.S. Department of State: travel.state.gov (travel advisories/country-specific safety information)
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention: cdc.gov/travel (pre-travel health guidance)
Ohio State reserves the right to change without notice any statement contained herein, concerning but not limited to rules, policies, tuition, fees, curricula and courses. In the event of a change to an existing U.S. Department of State Travel Advisory, CDC Travel Health Notice or other risk designated criteria, the Office of International Affairs reserves the right to cancel any program prior to departure or while in progress. Discrimination against any individual based upon protected status, which is defined as age, ancestry, color, disability, gender identity or expression, genetic information, HIV/AIDS status, military status, national origin, race, religion, sex, sexual orientation, or veteran status is prohibited.